Stefan Richter

So we decided to learn how it works during our summer holiday in 2009.
After some research online we decided that the best place to learn it
would be Crossfit L.A. So we e-mailed Becca and received a schedule with
one morning session per day for ten days in a row.

We had four different personal coaches, all excellent athletes with
different perspectives on Crossfit: Jennifer, Becca, Jonesy and Michael.
In addition to that, we had group classes on the weekend with Andy and John.

We were absolute beginners. The first day started with a baseline
workout to check our general fitness. In the next couple of days we
learned Thrusters, Front Squats, Overhead Squats, Push Press, Clean +
Jerk, Deadlift, Kettlebell swings, Rope climbing and much more. “Helen”,
“Fran” and “Jackie” became our friends. One day we even worked out on
Santa Monica Beach!

Our sore muscles did not stop us from returning every morning, eager to
learn something new. Two things made it easy for us. First: The people
at Crossfit L.A. Everyone was nice, down to earth and positive. People
you really like to have around you. Second: The endorphine and
adrenaline rush you get when you are doing Crossfit workouts. Try it.
You’ll see.

This was really a life changing event for us. Back home we started to
build up our own “garage gym”. As we run our own internet software
company in Germany and work 10-12 hours every day, we had to change our
daily life to add Crossfit to it. Now we workout four to five times a
week and we have changed our nutrition. After two month we now feel
healthier, stronger, more positive and relaxed. All-in-all, our life has
a greater balance now.

What did we learn? Crossfit is not a sport, it’s a way of life and that
Crossfit L.A. is not a gym, it’s a very special community. We also feel
that even though we are thousands of miles away and stayed only for ten
days, that we are a little bit a part of this community and we hope that
we will return soon.

Stefan & ClaudiaThe first time we (my wife Claudia and I) watched Crossfit exercises on the internet, we were immediately fascinated. The problem: in europe, Crossfit is relativly unknown.

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